|Republic of Santa Rosa
República de Santa Rosa (Comarcan)
|Motto: "Siempre adelante" (Comarcan)
|Recognised regional languages||Santa Rosan Creole|
Santa Rosa, officially the Republic of Santa Rosa (Comarcan: República de Santa Rosa), is a country in the Caribbean Sea.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Politics and government
- 4 Economy
- 5 Demographics
The land now consisting of the western coast of Santa Rosa was first claimed by the Alician Empire on 27 August 1500 by a fleet led by Juan Andrés Cavallería. The fleet first landed in the modern State of Salmos. Cavallería and his explorers established contact with the local tribes, most notably the Gitapi, who traded various trinkets with them. The Alician explorers noted the conflicts between the various native tribes and exploited them by selling them weapons.
In addition to the curiosity drawn by the natives, the vast resources of the region attracted further explorers. Eventually, King Juan VII of Alicia divided the territory into several colonies, many of which were privately held fiefs. The Catholic Church subsidized the travels of missionaries into the colonies, who worked to convert the native population to Roman Catholicism. At the same time, many of the missionaries made efforts to learn the languages and customs of the natives to expand European understanding and establish a trusting relationship between the settlers and the natives.
One of the most iconic workers for the missionary effort was Rosa de Oliva, a nun who worked to convert thousands of natives and lived a model life of the Catholic faith. De Oliva was so very much respected by the colonist and native population alike and was venerated as a saint after her death. When the King of Alicia centralized all of the South American colonies into one polity in 1540, he named it Santa Rosa in her honor, a name that the state has kept to this day.
Cane sugar was abundant in Santa Rosa, and hundreds of thousands of slaves from West Africa were imported to work sugar plantations. Through the 16th century and most of the 17th century, sugar served as the most important product in the Santa Rosan economy. The end of the 17th century marked the decline of sugar to the economy and the discovery of gold in the State of Efesios further enriched the colony. This led to the Santa Rosan gold rush and the first wave of mass immigration into the colony from countries all across the world, a theme that continued throughout Santa Rosan history.
Politics and government
Santa Rosa is a democratic republic with three separate branches of power: executive, legislative, and judicial.
The President of the Republic is the head of the executive branch and executes laws passed by the Congress, creates a cabinet, and commands the Armed Forces. The President also has a prerogative of Executive Order (orden ejecutiva) that has the weight of a law; an order can be overturned by two-thirds of the Congress. The President is elected every four years with no term limit.
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